Bokeh Christmas Lights

Happy new year everybody,

Hope you had a great Holiday season with lots of nice photography moments.

Today I´m going to share with you a couple of photos I took on the Christmas Eve with my 7 year old son. We were playing with the camera and I remembered it would be cool to teach him how to photograph Christmas lights with cool shapes using the Boken effect of a fast lens wide aperture.

35mm 4.0sec @ f1.8 ISO 100

35mm 4.0sec @ f1.8 ISO 100

35mm 0,5 sec @ f1.8 ISO 100

35mm 0,5 sec @ f1.8 ISO 100

So we did out of paper the cover for the lens and we cut heart and star shape hols to do the trick.

The result is really cool, and the kids love it.

It´s a simple process that you can easily do on one raining afternoon, and use your imagination to create nice compositions. We choose some Christmas ornaments and this was the result.

35mm 0,6 sec @ f1.8 ISO 100

35mm 0,6 sec @ f1.8 ISO 100

35mm 0,6 sec @ f1.8 ISO 100

35mm 0,6 sec @ f1.8 ISO 100

I found this YouTube tutorials (full credits to it authors) to help you out on the process.

 

 

 

Have a photographic 2015.

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Autumn Colors

Who doesn’t love the beautiful colors of the fall?

I love them… recently I had the chance to travel on work to Oberammergau, Germany and visited the Castle of Neuschwanstein. The light wasn’t the perfect one but the colors of the leaves and the ambiance was amaising.

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18mm 1/400 sec @ f/7.1 ISO100

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22mm 1/20 sec @ f/18 ISO100

40mm 1/800 sec @ f/5,0 ISO 100

40mm 1/800 sec @ f/5,0 ISO 100

Hope you share the same opinion as I do.

Please comment the pic’s and leave your feedback.

See you next time.

PitStop

Santa Justa Lift – Lisbon

17mm 1/640sec f/5,0 ISO 100

17mm 1/640sec f/5,0 ISO 100

On the top of the Santa Justa Lift (also known as Elevador do Carmo) you can have one of the best top views of Lisbon.

The works to build the elevator started in the late XIX century (1898) and it was opened to the public in July 1902. It’s a project of the engineer Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard representing the neo-gothic style.

In the first years it was moved on steam and in 1907 started to work on electricity.

From the ground platform to the top, it elevates 30 meters high, giving you a full panoramic view of Lisbon city, specially the old down town and São Jorge Castel.

Santa Justa Lift is one of the icons of Lisbon city.

See you soon.

My first post…

Hello fellow photo lovers, I´m a long passionate about photography. This my first experience in sharing my pic´s to the world.

The aim is not to get professional but to improve out of your comments and try to understand what people fell about my photography.

Since photography is just a hobby to me, and I cannot afford spending big bucks in gear, I try to explore and take the best out of my equipment. Like Ken Rockwell (a reference to me how helped a lot in my first steps) always says: You don´t need expensive equipment to take good photos. I try to remember this every time I go out capture the world and come across photographers with hi level gear.

I bought my fist DSLR in 2010 (Nikon D3100) it was a really entry level camera but made me learn a lot about light and exposure. This year I bought the D7100, also from Nikon, since I want to keep using my lenses. It´s not a full frame camera, but so far I´m in love with it. It allows me to take my photography to a higher level.

 

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Enough talk about me. In this first post I would like to share with you twophotos I took in Venice this weekend. I got up at 3 am so I would arrive well before the sunrise. The first is a long exposure (55 sec @ f20 ISO 100) and the second is the sunrise (1/80 sec @ f7,1 ISO 100).

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Both pictures were taken in the Ponte dell’Accademia in beautiful Venice. This place has a unique view of the sunrise. The sun comes up in the horizon just in the middle of the Grand Canal, and has a beautiful view of the Basílica de Santa Maria della Salute.

Hope you like them and share your comments. See you soon.